San Francisco Bay Area & Beyond Travel Guide!

The San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by some of California’s best vacation destinations.  Whether you are looking for the perfect mountain retreat, romantic coastal getaway, wine tasting or water skiing on a crystal clear Alpine lake, you are just a few hours away from your perfect vacation destination. In fact, the area has so much to offer that it can be a little overwhelming for both the out-of-town visitor and local explorer alike.

That’s where Explorer1.com’s travel guide comes into play. We organize the best of what the San Francisco Bay Area and its surrounding destinations have to offer. Whether you are looking indoor or outdoor activities, fine dining, places to stay, events and festivals, or an area primer to determine which destination will best meet your travel plans – we can help you find it fast.

Our MENU allows you to easily explore the Region’s top travel picks such as the best resort spas, golf courses, breweries, mountain bike trails, scenic train tours, hiking, and much more! The WHAT’S ON TAP provides a quick glance of the region’s current major events & festivals, top seasonal activites, and some urgent travel advisories. Our Destination Explorer below gives you the ability to search a specific vacation location such as Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and many more.

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Top Scenic and Dinner Train Rides

Roaring Camp Railroad Santa Cruz Mountains – The Santa Cruz, Big Trees & Pacific Railway Company operates the train between the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Roaring Camp.  Although, the beach train ride is enjoyable, our...

Destination Spotlight

As the weather becomes cooler and the fall harvest moon shins bright, we would like to discuss some great Bay Area activities. Activities that are not only fun, but can be done with proper social distancing.

Starting in September, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Watsonville become awash in orange as the local pumpkin patches ready their goods for the spookiest of the holidays.

If Halloween isn't not your cup of tea, what try visiting Napa and Sonoma Valley wineries. It is harvest time after all!

October is generally one of the warmest months on the coast — perfect for beach combing or just sitting by a firepit sipping on your favorite beverage. Warm days and chilly nights. Make for very romantic get a ways or incredible family retreats.

Bay Area's Top Hotel & Spas, Outdoor Activities

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Bay Area's Top Restaurants, Massages

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The Girl and the Fig

Sonoma, CA — Located on the northwest side corner of the Sonoma Plaza, the restaurant has been...

Bay Area's Top Wedding Venues, Parks - Dog Friendly Off-leash

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Conerstone Sonoma

Sonoma, CA — They have two potential venues for your special occasion — each with its own...

Bay Area Articles, Shopping

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Bay Area's Top Coastal Activities, Parks and Open Spaces

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Elephant Seals

Explore Año Nuevo with a Docent. The park offers guided walks lead by volunteer docent naturalist to see the northern elephant seals in their natural habitat inside the Año Nuevo Coast Natural Preserve. Año Nuevo docents go...

Advisories

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Covid-19

Generally speaking, County precautions are in place. They include social distancing, use face masks, no indoor dining, no large groups, etc. Please note that these restrictions can change depending on infection rates. Also, many...

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